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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 152 apps in various categories. Among a plethora of freeware products, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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"... With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy ...":

http://electron.atom.io/

 

Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface:

http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu

 

Ring (formerly SFLphone) is a free distributed multimedia communication software:
http://www.ring.cx/

 

DuckieTV is a TV-show calendar:

http://schizoduckie.github.io/DuckieTV/

 

PhotoFlow - A fully non-destructive photo retouching program providing a complete layer-based workflow including RAW image development:

https://github.com/aferrero2707/PhotoFlow

 

The LaZagne project is an open source application used to retrieve lots of passwords stored on a local computer. Each software stores its passwords using different techniques (plaintext, APIs, custom algorithms, databases, etc.). This tool has been developed for the purpose of finding these passwords for the most commonly-used software:

https://github.com/AlessandroZ/LaZagne

 

quvi - The command-line-tool suite to access the flash media stream properties:

http://quvi.sourceforge.net/

 

MPFC is a gstreamer-based audio player with curses interface:

https://code.google.com/p/mpfc/

 

Rage media player:

https://phab.enlightenment.org/phame/live/1/post/rage_media_player_0_1_0...

 

"... xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks. In additional to providing a familiar mouse-based interface like other web browsers, it offers a set of vi-like keyboard commands for users who prefer to keep their hands on their keyboard ...":

https://github.com/conformal/xombrero

 

sandy is an ncurses text editor:

http://tools.suckless.org/sandy

Passpie lets you manage login credentials from the terminal with a coloroful/configurable cli interface:
http://marcwebbie.io/passpie/

Talky - simple video chat and screen sharing for small groups:

https://talky.io/

http://www.shotcut.org/
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

"... Tomb is an 100% free and open source system for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components ...":

https://www.dyne.org/software/tomb/

Semantik (formerly kdissert) is a mind-mapping tool that helps creating documents such as reports or presentations:

http://ita1024.github.io/semantik/

 

VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vym/

 

Labyrinth is a lightweight mind-mapping tool:

https://github.com/labyrinth-team/labyrinth

Fish Fillets NG is strictly a puzzle game. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings, the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish:

http://fillets.sourceforge.net/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fillets/

 

Subrosa is an encrypted communication platform:
https://subrosa.io/

 

Traccar is an open source GPS tracking system for various GPS tracking devices. System supports more than 80 different communication protocols from popular vendors:
https://www.traccar.org/

"... Suplemon is a modern, slick and intuitive console text editor with multi cursor support. Suplemon replicates Sublime Text style functionality in the terminal with the ease of use of Nano ...":
https://github.com/richrd/suplemon

Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from your command line:

http://taskwarrior.org/

 

FlatPress is a blogging engine that saves your posts as simple text files:

http://flatpress.org/home/

https://github.com/mydzor/bash2048 (offline version)

 

"... ne is a free (GPL'd) text editor based on the POSIX standard that runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage. If you have the resources and the patience to use emacs or the right mental twist to use vi then probably ne is not for you ...":

http://ne.di.unimi.it/

 

"... Lightspark is an LGPLv3 licensed Flash player and browser plugin written in C++/C that runs on Linux. It aims to support Adobe's newer Flash formats and AVM2 virtual machine ...":

http://lightspark.github.io/

 

2048 - a game:

http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

 

"... X-Moto is a challenging 2D motocross platform game, where physics plays an all important role in the gameplay. You need to control your bike to its limits, if you want to have a chance to finish the most difficult challenges ...":

http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/

 

LiSpeak is a simple voice command system for Ubuntu and other linux distros:

http://lispeak.bmandesigns.com/

 

Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms:
http://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/

LanguageTool is an Open Source proof­reading program for English, French, German, Polish, and more than 20 other languages:
https://languagetool.org/

Groove Basin is a music player server with a web-based user interface inspired by Amarok 1.4:
http://groovebasin.com/

 

Fusilli is an OpenGL compositing window manager for the X Window System. It is a fork of Compiz (0.8):

https://github.com/noodlylight/fusilli

wego is a weather client for the terminal:

https://github.com/schachmat/wego

Fort - Password Manager:

http://www.ideabyte.net/fort/

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt126211.aspx

 

"... AcidRip is an automated front end for MPlayer/Mencoder written in Perl, using Gtk2::Perl for a graphical interface. Makes encoding a DVD just one button click ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidrip/

"... Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio ...":

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

 

"... Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, sets, lists, vectors, matrices and tensors. Maxima yields high precision numerical results by using exact fractions, arbitrary-precision integers and variable-precision floating-point numbers. Maxima can plot functions and data in two and three dimensions ...":

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

 

Visual Studio Code - build and debug modern web and cloud applications:

https://code.visualstudio.com/

"... SlideCrunch is a "Swiss Army knife" for anything related to the management of slide-based presentations. It can be used to produce slideshows from multiple input files. Moreover, if you provide information regarding slide duration or text, it can also generate annotated handouts, mixing scripts for producing a timed video and even matching subtitles ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/slidecrunch/
"... Impressive is a program that displays PDF presentation slides with style. Smooth alpha-blended slide transitions are provided for the sake of eye candy, but in addition to this, Impressive offers some unique tools that are very useful for presentations ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/impressive/
"... Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources ...": http://www.synfig.org/cms/

Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface:

https://lutris.net/

O-Inari Origami is a game about a paper fox in a paper world:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=22357

 

Iris is a 2D side-scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world, Chromaland to save her sister:

http://irisjourneygame.wix.com/iris

Nomacs for Linux:

http://nomacs.org/

http://nomacs.org/download/

 

Mednafen is a portable, utilizing OpenGL and SDL, argument(command-line)-driven multi-system emulator:

http://mednafen.sourceforge.net/

 

Kanboard is a simple visual task board software:

http://kanboard.net/

http://kanboard.net/documentation (installation instructions)

"... KMediaTorrent allows you to stream bittorrent magnet links right from XBMC/KODI, without having to wait for the whole file to download, thanks to sequential download ...": https://github.com/jmarth/plugin.video.kmediatorrent
"... dupeGuru is a tool to find duplicate files on your computer. It can scan either filenames or contents. The filename scan features a fuzzy matching algorithm that can find duplicate filenames even when they are not exactly the same ...": http://www.hardcoded.net/dupeguru/
"... DAR is a command-line backup and archiving tool that uses selective compression (not compressing already compressed files), strong encryption, may split an archive in different files of given size and provides on-fly hashing. DAR knows how to perform full, differential, incremental and decremental backups. It provides testing, diffing, merging, listing and of course data extracting from existing archives ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/dar/
Extundelete is a utility to undelete files from an ext3 or ext4 partition: http://sourceforge.net/projects/extundelete/ GitLab Community Edition: https://about.gitlab.com/ ClusterSSH controls a number of xterm windows via a single graphical console window to allow commands to be interactively run on multiple servers over an ssh connection: http://sourceforge.net/projects/clusterssh/ Brackets is a modern open-source code editor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that's built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript: http://brackets.io/

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